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The Book of Lost Things

by John Connolly

It's very difficult ti define this novel: part adult fairy story, part rite of passage transition from childhood to adulthood. Set during the initial stages of WW 2 it tells the story of David, a lonely, solitary child who has recently lost his mother. David may or may not have visited an alternative world of kings, talking wolves and magicians. By turns horrific, charming and life affirming, this is a novel that will stay with you long after you have finished it. Unreservedly recommended.

Suggested by David Roffe, Sunderland

Tagged with: absorbing captivating, charming dazzling different enchanting enthralling fantasy ironic, magical magical, provoking. thought



I agree with what everyone else has already written. The book is also very clever, ironic and extremely funny in places - I re-read the part where David meets up with the 7 dwarves, regularly, and I love the Snow White character - "WHERE'S ME TEA" and it always makes me laugh.
Lesley S.
This book is a delightful read. The story weaves you along its dark and intriguing path with a magic all of its own. It is without doubt one of my favourite books of all time and you will not forget it once you have finished the tale. It has so much within its pages and you are never quite sure where you are heading. I borrowed a copy of this from the library but now have my own copy on my bookshelf. The cover of this book is just perfect to draw you in to its captivating charm and take you on its magical journey. I thoroughly recommend this read!
Annie Sue
I really want to read this book, having read John Connolly's book of short stories 'Nocturnes' ('The Inkpot Monkey' is a classic!) and I love dark fairytales for grown ups - Angela Carter, Neil Gaimen etc. I found this book a while back whilst shelving and kept meaning to borrow it. And now you've reminded me! Looking forward to it...
D Kemp, Portsmouth
I loved this book! There was something almost magical about it even before I started reading it and I am very glad that I made the time for it. As a reader of Neil Gaiman, who also writes 'fairy-tales for adults' I had high hopes when I read the blurb and I was not disappointed. Charming, bitter-sweet but uplifting, I cannot recommend this book enough.
I picked this book because when I was shelving books in the library where I work, I was always drawn to the spine. Having looked at the cover and read the blurb, I decided to try it. I am so glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was one of those books that you never want to end.
Tammy, Middlesbrough
Strange I would not pick this book by his cover but your comments make me want to read it.
Pat Watson
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found that I couldn't put it down. Brilliant!!
Kim Percival, Heanor Bookchat

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